Fancy dress and fabulous cakes were the choice of nurseries and schools across South Holland on a day of fundraising for Children in Need.
Pyjamas, spotted clothing, science fiction costumes and ear handbands were worn by youngsters in Holbeach, Long Sutton, Pinchbeck and Spalding to support the annual BBC telethon for disadvantaged youngsters across the UK.
Children at Long Sutton Primary School were asked to “wear something spotted” and raised nearly £270, whilst students at the town’s Peele Community College came close to shattering the £1,200 barrier with a range of events.
In a message to the school, head teacher Jane Moody said: “The Junior Leadership Team coordinated the events which included colouring competitions, Beat the Goalie and Guess the Number of Sweets in the Jar.
“There was also an optional Fancy Dress Day, with prizes for the best outfits going to students who dressed up as Ninja Mouse, Hermione Granger (Harry Potter), Steampunk, The Mad Hatter (Alice in Wonderland), a pirate and a married couple.”
All three schools in Holbeach, William Stukeley Primary School, Holbeach Primary Academy and University Academy Holbeach (UAH), held a non-uniform day when youngsters were allowed to wear pyjamas, casual clothes and sell cupcakes.
A report on the UAH website said: “Years 7 and 8 pupils took part in a copper coin challenge to see which tutor group could lay the longest line of copper coins side-by-side in a five minute-period.
“Competition was fierce and in the end it was 7J who were victorious on Thursday and 8E on the Friday.
“The counting of the coins has started and so far Year 7 pupils have raised £50, with some coins still to count.”
Sue Tully, Senior Administrator at Holbeach Primary Academy, said: “The school’s Lincoln Ambassadors enjoyed taking the responsibility of selling pin badges across the week to raise money.
“There was also a competition for children in Early Years and KS1 classes to design a bandana for their teddy.
“Meanwhile, children in KS2 had the choice of whether they created a poster or a list of spotty objects which were then judged and announced by our Lincoln Ambassadors.
“Finally, a cake sale was held after school on Friday when we had donations from parents and children.
“Altogether, we raised £611 for Children in Need.”
Students at Spalding Academy raised about £1,000 with a cake sale on a non-uniform day and assistant head teacher Nicola Hall Rushton said: “Our Charity Captains created their own cupcake tables in the main hall where all the children came in and helped to raise such a great amount of money for Children in Need.”